Monthly Archives: July 2019

Chief Washakie Statue Visits State Library

“Chief Washakie,” by Dave McGary (1958-2013)

If you’re in town for Cheyenne Frontier Days, take a side trip to the Wyoming State Library at 2800 Central Ave. to see its distinguished visitor “Chief Washakie,” a bronze by sculptor Dave McGary (1958-2013), the smaller version of the two that are housed in the Wyoming State Capitol and in the U.S. Capitol Visitors’ Center Emancipation Hall. The statue is on temporary loan to the WSL and currently graces the library’s main reading room.

According to Architect of the Capitol, Washakie, born around 1800, was a renowned warrior. Around the year 1840, he united several Shoshone bands. Realizing that the expansion of white civilization into the West was inevitable, he negotiated with the army and the Shoshone to ensure the preservation of over three million acres in Wyoming’s Wind River country for his people—this valley remains the home of the Shoshone today. Upon his death in 1900, he became the only known Native American to be given a full military funeral.

Washakie also successfully negotiated for part of the hot springs in Thermopolis to remain free and open to the public in perpetuity.

While you’re here, you can peruse the Congressional records, treaties, federal documents, and other resources pertaining to the Shoshone and other Native American peoples. Also on display at the State Library is the “Two Nations” exhibit from Wyoming Humanities–ThinkWY that details the history of the Wind River Indian Reservation.

You can take a virtual visit, too, and read accounts of Chief Washakie in Wyoming Newspapers ( With a Wyoming library card or in a Wyoming library you can also explore the many resources available in

Either way, know that our librarians are always available to help you find information. Stop by the front desk if you’re in the building, or contact us at (307) 777-6333 or

WSL Closing at Noon on Cheyenne Day

The Wyoming State Library will close at noon on Wednesday, July 24, for Cheyenne Day. Our offices will be open that morning.

We will resume normal hours on Thursday, July 25.

One hundred years ago, Cheyenne Frontier Days was held just after Session Law Chapter 25 took effect making it “unlawful for any person directly or indirectly, to manufacture, sell, transport, export, receive, deliver, possess, barter, solicit or take orders for, give·away or furnish, any intoxicating liquors, or possess any equipment for making such liquor…”

But some argued the State of Wyoming wasn’t “dry” just yet. Read the story in the July 23, 1919 Wyoming State Tribune.

July is National Ice Cream Month

From The Scoop Newsletter from the Idaho Commission for Libraries

July is National Ice Cream Month, and a great excuse for a trek to a local ice cream shop. Partake in this tradition yourself this month!

Some cool ice cream sites:


Library a Resource for Community in Crisis

The day after the mines closed, Campbell County Public Library saw a steep increase in the use of its Technology Center.

Campbell County Public Library System (CCPLS) and its employees joined the ranks of the shocked on July 1 as Blackjewel Holdings, LLC, filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy and abruptly shuttered the operation of Campbell County’s Belle Ayr and Eagle Butte mines, immediately putting 580 people out of work. As members of the community, and by their very nature as librarians, CCPL staff began to make plans to reach out to local miners.

The first step when they heard the stunning, unexpected news, was to communicate support through social media: “Our hearts go out to all employees of Blackjewel Mines and others affected by mine closures. We stand ready, willing and able to assist with any and all with resume writing, computer services interned access, job search assistance, etc.”

As soon as July 2, CCPL saw a steep increase in patron use of the Technology Center and reference services. Displaced workers came to the library to work on new job prospects, to file for and seek out relief, and to use the library as a hub for information on what to do next. Compared with Reference Department statistics from July 2018, average use increased 64% over two weeks, with a bulk of those statistics coming from job search related questions.

Since the mine closure, CCPL Reference Department staff worked to coordinate with the local Wyoming Workforce Services branch and attended informational sessions for displaced workers to be able to provide patrons with the most up to date and accurate information. Two Saturday resume writing open sessions were held July 6 and 13, and community-sponsored free Technology Center services (printing, copies, faxing, etc.) are being provided to library patrons affected by the mine closures.

CCPL Youth Services continues to provide regular programs and services for children and teens, including free summer reading programs and access to computers within the Children’s Department for parents who need computer access but have children with them.

Through the recent turbulent times for their friends at the coal mines, Campbell County Public Library has been, and continues to be, a community meeting space and resource for access to technology, assistance with online forms, technology skills training, and more.

Brown New Director of Casper College Library

Katrina Brown

On July 1, Katrina Brown officially took over as Director of the Casper College Goodstein Foundation Library. She came to Casper College from Sheridan College, where she was Director of the Mary Brown Kooi Library.

“I enjoy being a library director,” Katrina said. “It’s gratifying to help library staff identify, grow, and improve library services. And there’s always that challenge of balancing the needs and desires of different populations.”

She continued, “The Kooi Library is a great one. I appreciate all I learned working there. Although I’m moving on, I look forward to seeing it grow and change under its new director.”

Katrina has been active in the library community, and is currently on the Executive Board of the Wyoming Library Association as its Past President. She’s a 2011 graduate of the Wyoming Library Leadership Institute (WLLI). She holds associate’s and bachelor’s degrees in history and a Master of Library and Information Science. She was born and raised in California and moved to Wyoming in 2005.

“At Casper College, I’m taking over a library with a lot of strengths,” Katrina said. “The staff is incredible. They’ve kept the library running seamlessly and increased services such as their instruction sessions. The library is also fortunate to have such solid support from the college.”

She wants to continue to build on those strengths by continuing the growth in instruction programs and increasing student engagement.

“If you have any interest in leadership, attend WLLI,” she added. “It helped me believe I was a leader and could do the job.”

Saldivar Named Spectrum Scholar

Conrrado Saldivar

Conrrado Saldivar, Adult Services Specialist at Natrona County Library, was recently awarded a Spectrum Scholarship from the American Library Association’s (ALA) Office for Diversity, Literacy and Outreach Services. His award was given based on his commitment to equity and inclusion, demonstrated community outreach, commitment to the library profession, and leadership potential. The scholarship provides assistance for graduate study expenses and a stipend to attend the Spectrum Leadership Institute and the ALA Annual conference in 2020.

He was one of 60 recipients nationwide. Since 1997, the ALA has awarded more than 1,100 Spectrum Scholarships.

Conrrado began working at the Natrona County Library in April 2015 as an Adult Services Specialist. He received a BA in Anthropology and a BA in Spanish from the University of Wyoming in 2013 and began working on his MLIS at the University of Washington iSchool in 2018. He is also currently a contributing writer for the Hack Library School blog and Co-president of the Student Chapter of the American Library Association at the University of Washington.

Strategic Planning Resources

Reposted from the Texas State Library and Archives Commission

As part of our role as consultants, we often receive questions from library workers about strategic or long range planning. We have compiled many of the resources that we refer to when faced with these questions.

Before you get started

Why is a Strategic Plan Necessary for a Small Library? 2015 (Infopeople) – This article from Infopeople details the reasons for strategic planning.

The Planning Process

Strategic Planning When You Can’t Afford a Consultant 2018 (Texas State Library) – This 1-hour webinar presented by Michele Stricker, Deputy State Librarian of Lifelong Learning at the New Jersey State Library, explores cost-effective ways to approach strategic planning.

A Library Board’s Practical Guide to Strategic Planning 2016 (United for Libraries) – This PDF guide to the planning process is written from the library board’s perspective and includes information about how to complete an environmental scan and write vision and mission statements.

Measuring Outcomes

Project Outcome 2018 (Public Library Association) – This free online toolkit provides outcome measurement tools and resources.

Integrating Project Outcome into Strategic Planning & Measuring Priority Areas 2017 (American Library Association) – This video presentation includes panelists who have incorporated Project Outcome into their libraries’ planning processes.

Library Examples

Buda Public Library – 2017-2021 – The Buda Public Library’s strategic plan highlights a straightforward approach that is well-organized and data driven.

Fort Worth Public Library – 2019-2021 – This strategic plan is highly visualized, including photographs within the plan document and an accompanying video.

Greenfield Public Library – 2016-2020  – The data in this strategic plan is presented in a few ways, including pie charts and bar graphs.

For additional reading on strategic planning, search the Wyoming State Library catalog. We maintain a professional library science collection that includes several titles on this topic. You may also contact our Library Development Office for assistance.

‘Toy Story 4’ Stars of National Library Card Month

This year’s Library Card Sign-up Month in September stars “Toy Story 4” characters. As Honorary Chairs, Woody, Buzz Lightyear, Bo Peep, and friends are appearing in print and digital graphics to promote the value of a library card. The “Toy Story 4” crew is also being featured in customizable library card artwork.

All the free graphics and artwork can be downloaded through the Library Card Sign-up Month Toolkit (an account is required but registration is free, and anyone can join). Sample tools, including a proclamation, a template press release, radio PSA scripts and social media posts are also available for libraries to use. The tools remind the public of all the resources available with a library card.

Since 1987, Library Card Sign-up Month has been held each September to mark the beginning of the school year. During the month, the American Library Association and libraries unite in a national effort to ensure every child signs up for their own library card.

Wyoming Book Reviews

With this edition of Wyoming Book Reviews, we’re discontinuing this feature. We’d like to thank all the writers who submitted their books over the last couple of years and all the Wyoming library workers who contributed reviews.

Joy that Long Endures
(Book #2, Irish Blessings Series)
Alethea Williams
Createspace Independent Publishing Platform, 2018

This book was beautifully descriptive and exciting. Williams’ characters were a finely-crafted and endearing cast of men and women trying to realize their dreams in the boom-and-bust mining towns along the Union Pacific Railroad in Wyoming’s early years.

Two Irish immigrants from New York — the charming, hard-working, Devin, and feisty, talented seamstress, Ailis — become embroiled in the West’s perils and opportunities For the enigmatic businesswomen, Dulcie Jackson and Xiang Ju, turning dust into gold among the busted minors brings unexpected love and more opportunities than their first homes could have offered.

An immersive experience in Wyoming Territorial history, the vibrant descriptions and language right out of the 1880s brings complex characters to life and makes the rough an’ tumble towns flow cinematically from the pages. The writing seems to have stepped straight off the stagecoach of a by-gone era, bringing unforgettable characters that stay with you long after turning the last page.

Angela Wolff, Reference Librarian
Laramie County Library System

A Divided Mind
Mary Billiter

Tangled Tree Publishing, 2019

With A Divided Mind, Billiter and her son, Kyle, work together to turn their real experiences into a fictional tale of a family dealing with mental illness. Tara, the mom, and her son Branson alternate chapters as they progress through realization, diagnosis, and the many events that are part of Branson’s illness. Tara’s worry, denial, and overwhelming guilt are written so well that you can feel her pain and frustration. Just as relatable is a high school senior whose ‘waves of static’ and ‘shadow people’ bring him to a caring specialist.  There is both strong language and aspects of Tara’s life which distract at times. However, you will not want to put this story down.  The cliff hanger ending disappointed me but, then again, mental illness has no set storyline for the patient or family.  It epitomizes “…to live life on life’s terms and not on our own” (Billiter).

Nancy Venable, Extension and Volunteer Services Manager
Campbell County Public Library

Free Continuing Education Events for the Week of July 15

Free, online, continuing education events for the week of July 15 from the Wyoming State Library Training Calendar. Descriptions are below. You can subscribe and view the events in your calendar software, or you can find all the events at

All times MDT

Monday, July 15 (11-12 pm)
Encouraging Student Voice and Choice in the Classroom (
In this edWebinar, hear about amazing tools for student creation that enable students to express their unique voices. We’ll discuss how to use time-tested tools like PowerPoint in new and exciting ways. We’ll also show you a student favorite: Sway, an easy-to-use digital storytelling app for creating interactive reports, presentations, personal stories and more. Additionally, we’ll share tips and tricks for student video creation. Plus, hear how you can leverage Flipgrid to encourage students to verbalize their learning and engage in social learning.

Monday, July 15 (12:30-1:30 pm)
Nutrition Labels for News: A Discussion With NewsGuard About News Literacy and Access to Information (Idaho Commission for Libraries)
NewsGuard will share how libraries across the U.S. are using its free browser extension as a media literacy resource. NewsGuard’s trained journalists review thousands of news and information websites using nine standard journalistic criteria which assess the credibility and transparency of online news sources. Its ratings and Nutrition Label reviews can be accessed from its browser extension, which, when installed, displays NewsGuard’s ratings next to links on Google, Facebook, and Twitter. The presentation will be followed by a discussion about the balance between spreading information literacy while promoting access to information.

Tuesday, July 16 (8-9 am)
Staff Development Day (Indiana State Library)
As part of the regular routine in public libraries, we plan/attend staff meetings.  As a way to step it up a notch, why not plan a quarterly Staff Development Day for all of your library team.  When your crew comes together in a relaxed environment, ideas and creativity can flourish!  Plan to attend this webinar to get the Who? What? Why? and How?.

Tuesday, July 16 (8:30-10 am)
Presentation Pointers: Digital Storytelling (State Library of Iowa)
Digital storytelling at its most basic core is the practice of using computer-based tools to tell stories. We’ll explore why and how we should use digital storytelling and take a look at some of the tools to create digital stories.

Tuesday, July 16 (10-11 am)
Cultivating the “Best” Culture – and Training for It (Training Magazine Network)
In this Training magazine webcast, Michael and Katie Stallard, authors of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work will reveal the three essential elements to develop a culture of connection in your workplace that will help individuals and your organization thrive.

Tuesday, July 16 (11-12 pm)
How to Add More Revenue Streams to Your Event (Charity How-to)
Wouldn’t you love to find ways to raise more money at your fundraising events?  Right now you are probably doing a typical silent auction and raffle, maybe a paddle raise, but you feel like you are missing the boat when it comes to really maximizing your event’s revenue. Well, you’re in luck, because in this FREE WEBINAR event planning expert A.J. Steinberg is going to show you how to find hidden assets and additional revenue streams for your fundraising events.

Tuesday, July 16 (12-1 pm)
Your Website Data Called. Are You Listening? (Firespring)
Numbers and stats and data, oh my! Put your website analytics to work and make a huge impact on your organization’s success.

Tuesday, July 16 (1-2 pm)
Understanding Learners: Leveraging Personas and Design Thinking for Better Learning Design (Training Magazine Network)
In order to design, develop, and deliver effective learning experiences, we need to understand who our learners are – what their learning goals are, what learning preferences they have, where they go to learn, and what challenges they face when learning. We also need a way to articulate these characteristics of our learners across all teams involved in the design process. Join us as we explore the practice of integrating learner personas into the design, development, and delivery of training solutions.

Tuesday, July 16 (4-5 pm)
Coding in the Elementary Classroom (Teachers First)
Join us to learn how to infuse coding into your elementary classroom and understand its connection to powerful problem solving with computational thinking skills.

Wednesday, July 17 (12-1 pm)
Introduction to Finding Grants (Grantspace)
Are you new to the field of grantseeking? Discover what funders are looking for in nonprofits seeking grants and how to find potential funders in this introductory course.

Wednesday, July 17 (1-2 pm)
Translated Books For Youth: Celebrating the Batchelder Award–Past, Present, and Future (Association for Library Service to Children)
The Mildred L. Batchelder Award is a citation awarded to a United States publisher for a children’s book considered to be the most outstanding translated book of the year. This award was conceived in 1966 and honors Mildred L. Batchelder, a former executive director of the Association for Library Service to Children, a believer in the importance of good books for children in translation from all parts of the world. This webinar, led by the 2019 Batchelder Chair and Member of the Batchelder Evolution Task Force, will provide a brief overview of current publishing practices, a review of the criteria changes, a look at Batchelder winners, and a sampling of ways in which a brighter spotlight can be shone on these special titles.

Wednesday, July 17 (1-2:30 pm)
Assistive Technology to Support Employment: Tools That Bring Accessibility to the Workplace (PACER Center)
This workshop will explore assistive technology to bring accessibility into the workplace for people with disabilities. A variety of tools will be demonstrated including alternative keyboards, adaptive mice, and devices and apps to support organization and time management.

Wednesday, July 17 (2-3 pm)
Data Management Education Needs: Identifying Signposts for Graduate Student Researchers : A MidContinental Region Webinar (National Network of Libraries of Medicine)
Effectively managing research data is a skillset that graduate students need to acquire along their pathway to becoming competent researchers. Librarians can help guide learning by establishing instructional signposts for relevant data management concepts, including data sharing practices. To be effective, librarian guides need to be familiar with the knowledge and skill gaps of the novice researchers. Surveys were conducted at two medium-sized universities to assess perceived importance and knowledge of 12 research data management competencies, with a goal of informing education planning. Graduate students provided insight into sources of learning about research data management. Study results set the foundation for identifying approaches to research data management education.

Wednesday, July 17 (4-6 pm)
Flipping Out for Fliphunts (Teachers First)
Amplify student voice and provide a discussion-based way for students to showcase their knowledge in any content area with Fliphunts!

Wednesday, July 17 (5-6:30 pm)
Small Steps and Giant Leaps: How Apollo 11 Shaped Our Understanding of Earth and Beyond (U.S. National Archives)
In partnership with the American Geophysical Union (celebrating its 100th anniversary this year), we present a panel discussion on the role of geosciences in the legacy of the Apollo missions and the future of the space program. The panel will include Sean Solomon, director of the Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Sonia Tikoo, assistant professor at Rutgers University, Steven Hauck, professor of planetary geodynamics at Case Western Reserve University, and Heather Meyer, postdoctoral fellow at the Lunar and Planetary Institute.

Thursday, July 18 (12-1 pm)
Writing Accurate and Useful Volunteer Position Descriptions (VolunteerMatch)
This webinar will start with the basics of what should be included in a position description and will help you create or update position descriptions for all of your volunteer opportunities. Once those position descriptions are created – use them! Learn how accurate and up-to-date position descriptions can help you recruit and train volunteers, and how they can help with retention and the development of leadership positions within your volunteer engagement program.

Thursday, July 18 (12:30-1:15 pm)
Circulating Board Games (North Dakota State Library)
Board gaming is on the rise with all age groups. Sometimes people are unsure of where to start and how to find a board game that is right for them. Just as there is a book for every person, I believe that there is a game for them too! Board games are a great way to get people off of technology and connect face to face. This will help people implement that service in their libraries from inception to cataloging to inventorying to helping patrons select games.